College Basketball: Breakout Sophomores in the Big Ten

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Yvan Ouedraogo, F/C – Nebraska:

It’s been a difficult transition for Fred Hoiberg since he took over the Cornhuskers program last offseason. He would likely have much more momentum going into year 2, if it weren’t for the 8 players transferring away from the team over the last two summers. Freshman forward Yvan Ouedraogo may be the key in 2020 for bridging the high turnover rate and stability needed to bring the Huskers back to competitive basketball.

Ouedraogo displayed a strong post-presence in his freshman season with controlled footwork and touch on his shots. He averaged more than a point per shot attempt, 5.7 PPG on 5.3 FGA/game, and nearly half of his team-leading rebounding numbers (6.3 RPG) came from the offensive end. Departures throughout the top half of the roster have opened up over 40 shots attempts per game and will drastically affect how Nebraska plays next season.

While Ouedraogo didn’t stretch the floor that often, he will need to diversify his offensive attack in order to keep the defense guessing. In year 2, he should be able to play more aggressively, become a facilitator and control the glass on his way near double-double averages. If by chance Pitt transfer Trey McGowens can receive a waiver for immediate eligibility, the duo can buoy Nebraska to exceed expectations.

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